KICKING COLBY: Eleven days after surviving a fiery car crash, Colby Delahoussaye kicked footballs at the opening day of LSU's preseason camp. Delahoussaye suffered a second-degree burn on his plant (left) leg, needed stitches to his head and sustained bruising around his chest and hips. That didn't stop him from missing time. He and Cameron Gamble booted field goals in Thursday's morning practice.
WALL CRUSHING: LSU's three hefty defensive line signees showed their size during Thursday afternoon's practice, ramming a sled so hard that it bashed against a wall in the team's indoor facility. Part of the padding on the wall collapsed. "That's a good job right there!" defensive line coach Ed Orgeron hollered as the padding collapsed. Glen Logan, Edwin Alexander and Rashard Lawrence weigh a combined 1,000 pounds.
HEALTHY BODIES: All of the players who underwent off-season surgeries practiced Thursday, including signees Cameron Lewis and Eric Monroe. Monroe had surgeries on his shoulder (also a torn labrum) and knee (a torn lateral meniscus). Lewis had surgery for a torn labrum on his left shoulder. Others who rebounded from off-season procedures: FB J.D. Moore (knee), OL Will Clapp (hip), RB Nick Brossette (knee), DB John Battle (hernia), OL Ethan Pocic (hip), DB Kevin Toliver (shoulder), TE DeSean Smith (knee) and WR Travin Dural (hamstring).
BASEBALL BROS: During Thursday's morning session of drills, two former professional baseball players worked out with the Tigers: Walk-on receiver Jalen Williams, a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox for nearly three seasons in the Rookie League, and walk-on tight end Zach Von Rosenberg, formerly with the Pirates organization. Both are freshmen, despite their age. Williams is 21 and Von Rosenberg, who enrolled in the spring, is 25.
STILL WAITING: LSU continues to wait for defensive tackle Travonte Valentine's paperwork to be approved, presumably by the Southeastern Conference. The delay could take as long as a week, a source said Thursday.
Days to kickoff: 29
- 2:30 p.m. Sept. 3, vs. Wisconsin at Lambeau Field
Just two players missed Thursday's first day of camp: OLB Tashawn Bower and OL Maea Teuhema. Both are projected starters. Teuehema is nursing a sprained left ankle and might miss as much as a week, Miles said. Bower is "nicked" (Miles gave no additional details on the injury) and is expected back in "a couple of days," the coach said.
LSU will again hold a morning practice (mostly veterans and starters) and an afternoon practice (most freshmen) on Friday at 9:30 a.m. and around 3:30 p.m.
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